Baby Feces Probiotic Cocktail Could Help People with Obesity, Cancer and Diabetes

Baby feces is packed with probiotics that could boost gut health, and consuming it could help those with conditions from obesity and diabetes to cancer, according to research.

The strains of gut bacteria found in baby feces could help the body to produce what are known as short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) which are key to a healthy gut.

Dr. Hariom Yadav, co-author of the study published in the Nature-affiliated journal Scientific Reports and assistant professor of molecular medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine, explained in a statement: "People with diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disorders and cancers frequently have fewer short-chain fatty acids.

"Increasing them may be helpful in maintaining or even restoring a normal gut environment, and hopefully, improving health."

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So, the team at Wake Forest School of Medicine created what they described as a "probiotic cocktail" made from strains of gut bacteria found in the baby fecal matter.

"Babies are usually pretty healthy and clearly do not suffer from age-related diseases, such as diabetes and cancer," Yadav said. "And, of course, their poop is readily available."

Commonly referred to as "good bacteria," probiotics are organisms which are beneficial to our digestive system. They are believed to boost the bacteria in our stomachs which populate part of our microbiota, or the microbes which live in and on the human body and outnumber our own cells by 10 to 1.

Growing evidence indicates that certain strains of probiotics can prevent and treat certain conditions, fueling the quadrupling in their use between 2007 to 2012.

But these studies have largely been in animal and human subjects who are already sick. Taking a different approach, the authors of the study wanted to test healthy subjects.

The researchers collected fecal matter from the diapers of 34 healthy babes, and extracted strains of lactobacillus and enterococcus bacteria.

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To test whether these bacteria could change the gut microbiome and aid the production of SCFAs, the researchers fed mice the probiotic cocktail containing 10 strains of bacteria. They also exposed human feces to the cocktail.

The mixture was found to change the makeup of the gut microbiome and boost the creation of SCFAs in mice and human feces.

The bacteria found in feces is already being used to treat disease. Fecal transplants, where waste matter is implanted from one human to another, is used to help people with a condition which triggers debilitating bouts of diarrhea caused by the clostridium difficile bacterium.

And last year researchers published a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicating clostridium difficile-based conditions could be targeted with a pill containing the same bacteria used in fecal transplants.